12 students represent Tri-County Electric on youth tour

MANSFIELD — Twelve high school students from Tioga, Potter and Bradford counties represented Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative on the 2017 Electric Cooperative Youth Tour in Washington, D.C., in June.

The Youth Tour drew a record 1,800 students from across the country to the nation’s capital for the annual gathering.

During the tour, students visited Washington’s historic memorials, presidential monuments and Arlington National Cemetery and explored the Smithsonian museums, the Newseum and the National Zoo. They also met with federal legislators at the Capitol and enjoyed an evening boat cruise on the Potomac River.

Selected on the basis of an application, essay and extracurricular activities, the following students, all entering their senior year of high school, represented Tri-County on the 2017 Youth Tour:

• Clark Jackson, son of Dean and Rebecca Jackson, of Columbia Cross Roads, Troy High School

• Brittany Wallace, daughter of Kenneth Wallace, of Galeton, Galeton Area High School

• Megan Empson, daughter of Bryant and Janet Empson, of Genesee, Northern Potter High School

• Abby Williams, daughter of Joseph and Lisa Williams, of Liberty, North Penn-Liberty High School

• Shea Roupp, daughter of Philip and Heidi Roupp, of Roaring Branch, Canton Area High School

• Rebecca Morgan, daughter of Mike and Debbie Morgan, of Ulysses, Northern Potter High School

• Alana J. Castle, daughter of Jonathan and Yonna Castle, of Canton, Canton Area High School

• Nate Schoonover, of Canton, son of George Schoonover III and Noelle Schoonover, Canton Area High School

• Julian Martinez, son of Edid Martinez, of Galeton, Galeton Area High School

• Joel Brelo, son of Dan and Heather Brelo, of Galeton, Galeton Area High School

• Christopher Mashula, son of Cori and Mark Mashula, of Galeton, Galeton Area High School

• Erica Nuccio of Sabinsville, daughter of Saverina Glover and Eric Nuccio, Galeton High School

President Lyndon B. Johnson is credited with inspiring the Youth Tour when he addressed the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) annual meeting in Chicago as a senator in 1957.

The first coordinated Youth Tour took place in 1964 and was attended by about 400 students from a dozen states. The event is organized annually through a joint effort of NRECA and statewide electric cooperative associations from around the country.

Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative, a member-owned, non-profit utility with headquarters in Mansfield, provides electricity to about 19,000 consumers in Bradford, Tioga, Potter, Lycoming, McKean, Cameron and Clinton counties. Tri-County is one of 13 electric cooperatives in Pennsylvania.